The Reformers' Gazette Volume 2

The Reformers' Gazette Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...of liberal principles, and to persuade them that there is between them a community of object and advantages. However, all these sources of influence have lost, or are losing their power. For what services the Aristocracy ever rendered to public liberty, they have long since been paid a hundred-fold. Their pretext of identity of interest or principle with any section of society has been fully exposed: so that we conclude the proper period has arrived for calling upon them to produce the charter of the immunities they still retain. Like other privileged classes, they have been compelled to surrender some of their pretentions, and the era, we apprehend, has arrived when they must prepare to surrender a great deal more. There was a time, as every body knows, when Lords were petty kings on their domains. They had their dungeon castles, in which they could, at their own arbitrary will, torture, imprison, and even execute, their fellow creatures. They could, when it suited their sovereign pleasure, sally forth on the public highways, and, with impunity, rob and maltreat whatever luckless traveller they happened to meet. They had even immunities still more revolting to human feeling. One, it is true, can hardly bring the mind to believe that such monstrous usages as those to which we may now allude, ever existed; j et that they did exist is unquestionable, and the memorials of these customs, subsisting in many parts of the kingdom, place the fact beyond dispute. By one of these usages, the lord claimed the trifling perquisite, on the occasion of a marriage on his estate, of sleeping the first night with the bride; and, by the other, a large penalty was imposed on any woman on his estate who had suffered herself to be begotten with child without more

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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 426g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236541723
  • 9781236541727